Decision To Pitch Proves To Be Right For White


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Decision To Pitch Proves To Be Right For White

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Griffin White

Class of 2023 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Olentangy Berlin
    State: OH
  • Summer Team: Launch Baseball
  • Height: 6-5
    Weight: 215lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/L

Statistics

Pitching
89
Max FB
(02/11/22)
88 - 89
FB
(02/11/22)
74 - 75
CB
(06/21/22)
79 - 80
CH
(02/11/22)
Pitching
Max FB
88
FB
84 - 88
CB
74 - 75
CH
78 - 80
Pitching
Max FB
89
FB
88 - 89
CB
71 - 73
CH
79 - 80
Pitching
Max FB
84
FB
81 - 84
CB
64 - 68
CH
75 - 76
Pitching
Max FB
82
FB
79 - 82
CB
68 - 71
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
82 - 85
CB
70 - 72
CH
74 - 77
Pitching
Max FB
76
FB
73 - 76
CB
64 - 66
Position
79
INF Velo
(02/18/21)
86
Exit Velo
(02/18/21)
Trackman - Fastball
89.6
Velocity (max)
(02/11/22)
88.2 - 89.6
Velo Range
(02/11/22)
90.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/11/22)
2145
Spin Rate (max)
(02/18/21)
2085
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/18/21)
25.1
IVB (max)
(02/18/21)
21.4
IVB (avg)
(02/18/21)
15.6
HM (max)
(06/08/21)
13.2
HM (avg)
(06/08/21)
7.2
Extension (avg)
(02/11/22)
5.7
Release Ht (avg)
(02/18/21)
26
Spin Score (max)
(02/18/21)
50
Zone %
(06/08/21)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
89.6
Velo Range
88.2 - 89.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
90.1
Spin Rate (max)
2070
Spin Rate (avg)
1950
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
83.7
Velo Range
81.1 - 82.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
80.8
Spin Rate (max)
1930
Spin Rate (avg)
1773
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
85
Velo Range
82.3 - 84.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
80.3
Spin Rate (max)
2145
Spin Rate (avg)
2085
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
73.7
Velocity (max)
(02/11/22)
70.9 - 73.7
Velo Range
(02/11/22)
71.0
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/11/22)
1843
Spin Rate (max)
(02/18/21)
1789
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/18/21)
-8.9
IVB (max)
(02/11/22)
-8.9
IVB (avg)
(02/11/22)
-10.5
HM (max)
(02/11/22)
-10.5
HM (avg)
(02/11/22)
6.4
Extension (avg)
(02/11/22)
5.5
Release Ht (avg)
(02/18/21)
26
Spin Score (max)
(02/18/21)
25
Zone %
(02/18/21)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
73.7
Velo Range
70.9 - 73.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
71
Spin Rate (max)
1752
Spin Rate (avg)
1657
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
68.4
Velo Range
66.6 - 68.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
66.5
Spin Rate (max)
1344
Spin Rate (avg)
1242
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
72.4
Velo Range
70.2 - 72.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
68.6
Spin Rate (max)
1843
Spin Rate (avg)
1789
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
80.7
Velocity (max)
(02/11/22)
79.7 - 80.6
Velo Range
(02/11/22)
80.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/11/22)
1964
Spin Rate (max)
(02/18/21)
1748
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/18/21)
18.0
IVB (max)
(02/18/21)
11.4
IVB (avg)
(06/08/21)
18.0
HM (max)
(02/18/21)
15.4
HM (avg)
(06/08/21)
7.0
Extension (avg)
(02/11/22)
5.3
Release Ht (avg)
(02/18/21)
26
Spin Score (max)
(02/18/21)
67
Zone %
(06/08/21)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
80.7
Velo Range
79.7 - 80.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
80.2
Spin Rate (max)
1626
Spin Rate (avg)
1598
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
76.6
Velo Range
75.1 - 76.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
75.3
Spin Rate (max)
1475
Spin Rate (avg)
1419
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
77
Velo Range
71.8 - 77
Eff Velocity (avg)
72.4
Spin Rate (max)
1964
Spin Rate (avg)
1748
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Hitting
86.2
Exit Velocity (max)
(02/18/21)
78.4
Exit Velocity (avg)
(02/18/21)
152
Distance (avg)
(02/18/21)
240
Distance (max)
(02/18/21)
57
Sweet Spot %
(02/18/21)
14
Line Drive %
(02/18/21)
57.1
Fly Ball %
(02/18/21)
29
Ground Ball %
(02/18/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
86.2
Exit Velocity (avg)
78.4
Distance (avg)
152
Distance (max)
240
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
22.7
Hand Speed (max)
(02/18/21)
21.9
Hand Speed (avg)
(02/18/21)
64.3
Bat Speed (max)
(02/18/21)
61.1
Bat Speed (avg)
(02/18/21)
18.1
Rot. Acc (max)
(02/18/21)
14.4
Rot. Acc (avg)
(02/18/21)
66
On Plane Eff (avg)
(02/18/21)
77
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
(02/18/21)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
22.7
Hand Speed (avg)
21.9
Bat Speed (max)
64.3
Bat Speed (avg)
61.1
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency

Pitch_Scores

Pitch Scores - Fastball
79
Hop+
(06/08/21)
61
Rise+
(06/08/21)
80
Sink+
(06/08/21)
Pitch Scores - Curveball
39
Hammer+
(06/08/21)
61
Sweep+
(06/08/21)

Decision To Pitch Proves To Be Right For White

GALENA - The decision to try pitching has paid off with a college commitment to Western Illinois for Griffin White.

“I didn’t start pitching until I was a freshman,” the Olentangy Berlin senior reflected. “Up until then I had never pitched before, I was only a first baseman. But in the fall going into my freshman year my travel organization hired Mike Stafford and I can’t thank him enough.

“My mom said he was doing pitching lessons and asked if I wanted to try it,” White continued. “Obviously the first time I was a little shaky but I kept going back and trusting it and everything worked out.”

The summer before becoming a junior at Olentangy Berlin is when Western Illinois made contact with White.

“They wanted me to come to a camp and I ended up going and performed really well,” the 38th-ranked 2023 right-handed pitcher in Ohio said. “I topped at 88-89 and they called me the next day and offered.”

A year later the hard-throwing White decided to make Western Illinois his college choice.

“I knew I’d take the winter and spring and enjoy the high school season and not stress out about my recruitment,” White related. “We just stayed in contact until I made my commitment.”

There were other colleges that were considered as well.

“A lot of schools showed an interest and came to watch me play,” White noted. “There were some preferred walk-on opportunities.”

But the 96th-rated senior in the state liked what Western Illinois had to offer.

“I took a visit in November and really loved it and didn’t want to pass it up,” White said. “(Head) Coach (Tayler) Sheriff  has a special thing going on there. They’re on the rise and they’re going to be competitive. It’s a college town with a beautiful campus.”

Western Illinois saw a lot of promise in the 6-5 215-pounder.

“They like my projectability,” White explained. “They said I have a lot more in the tank and my change-up is really going to be good.”

And to think just a few years earlier White was a left-handed hitting first baseman.

“I recognized going into my freshman year that I wanted to play college baseball,” White related. “That’s when it became a reality and I said this is my goal and what I wanted to do. My passion for the sport kept growing and I fell in love with it.”

Hard work came into play.

“The weight room and arm care,” White said of what helped him improve. “I take arm care very seriously. I threw as much as I could with long toss and bands and I’m also big on doing sprints.”

Help came along the way in making his college dream come true.

“PBR did a lot for me with the organization scout days,” White noted. “In the summer of 2021 I went to the Top Prospect Games and the exposure there was unreal.”

While rather new to pitching, White is confident about his ability to make an impact in the Summit League program.

 “I’m a pitcher who’s going to work,” White said. “I’m someone who will be able to throw all his pitches on all counts and give my team a chance to win.”

To finally make a decision on college relieved a lot of tension according to the 17-year-old.

“It definitely took weight off the shoulders to not have to worry about being recruited,” White admitted. “I felt a lot more free going out and just playing.”

A 3.6 student at Olentangy Berlin, White is leaning toward a major in either business or education at the college in Macomb, Illinois, seven hours and 15 minutes away from home.

“I’m looking forward to going out and playing in a competitive conference,” White concluded. “I’m looking for us to compete to win the conference and maybe get to regionals or super regionals … maybe the College World Series.”



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